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Cards of Thanks


We would like to take this opportunity to thank the dedicated, hard-working firefighters for saving our property and home from complete fire destruction.

The various agencies, supervisors, firefighters, equipment, air support and police and county sheriff were on site within minutes to contain the quickly progressing 10-acre fire at Cabezon Canyon.

We are very thankful and impressed that so many agencies were so responsive at quickly preventing a fire disaster for us and other Cabezon Canyon residents.

Again, our many thanks and appreciation.

Chuck and Sandy Rock


After the performance of “Les Miserables” last year by the PSHS music and theater departments, we were presented with a photo journal of pictures to capture the event, taken by Pat Artis. Since then, Pat has done the same thing for “Grease” at the high school, and most recently shot photos for Curtains Up Pagosa of their production of “Cinderella.” At the end of our show, Pat developed and produced photo CDs for all of our cast members, in addition to providing 8x10 enlargements of his favorites for our performers. His work for Curtains Up and our high school shows is completely volunteer and comes straight from his heart. We honor this wonderful community volunteer.

Dale Johnson


Well, the Archuleta Relay for Life 2012 is over.

I would like to say, “Thank you,” to all who helped, supported and prayed for me in this event. Without you, this event would not have been possible. It means a lot to me to know what the people and this community can do. Your financial support and donations are a blessing and helped raise over $44,000, with an additional $8,000 still coming in, making it over $52,000 for 2012. That is awesome.

Congratulations to Irene Roberts, the winner of this year’s quilt, which helped me raise $650 for my team, “Karen’s Korral,” for a total of over $2,000.

Thanks to Ponderosa Lumber, Sonic, Boss Hogg’s, Critter Outfitter and to Pagosa Ice Cream Company for your help with my fund-raisers. Thanks to Sonic, Ponderosa Lumber, Shang Hai Restaurant, Goodman’s Department Store, Critter Outfitters, Eagle Mountain Mercantile, Ramon’s Mexican Restaurant, The Buck Stops Here and Pagosa Brewing Company for your in-kind gifts for door prizes.

A “thank you” to McCabe’s Repair and Welding Inc., Absolute Comfort Spa and Pool, The Tile Store, Terry’s Ace, Navajo Trail Rental Center, Rocky Mountain Physical Therapy and Sports Injury and P&M Drywall Inc. (from Tucson, Ariz.) for your financial support. A special thank you to Four Corners Organics and Hydroponics LLC for sponsoring my team.

I would like to add The Pagosa Springs SUN newspaper and the Town of Pagosa Springs for letting us advertise for two different entities (Relay for Life and the Home and Garden Show), joining together in this great community.

God bless this great place.

Karen Norris

Van Liere

I would like to thank Debbie and Mike of the Pagosa Springs EMS for their prompt response and professional emergency medical service on June 30 for what appeared to be a possible heart attack. It was nice to know that they were really concerned for my welfare and did an excellent job of getting me to the Pagosa Mountain Hospital. Once there, the emergency medical team did an excellent job of getting things under control and making me comfortable. A special thanks to Dr. Galloway and nurse Susan for their professional services Saturday night and Sunday morning. And a big thank you to EMS Carrie and Jason for getting me to Mercy Hospital in Durango. Pagosa Springs is very lucky to have all of these people available to provide real professional health care when needed, and we should do everything in our power to support them. Again, thank you to everyone who helped me last weekend.

James R. Van Liere

Wrestling club

On behalf of the parents and youth of Pagosa Wrestling Club and the High Rollers we’d like to thank all the people who came to Town Park on June 30 to listen, dance and share the evening. We appreciate the time and cooperation we received from Mike Alley, Jim Miller, Chris Gallegos and the town crew for their help in facilitating the concert.

Special thanks to both Strohecker Asphalt and Paving (Kip and Kathy Strohecker) and Boot Hill (Pat and Debbie Candelaria) for their generous donations and use of equipment. Once again, thanks to Mike Branch for spending his time and other resources to provide our concessions. And finally to the many generous contributions from anonymous donors as well as those who purchased concessions, participated in our auctions, or just took the time to drop by and be with us. It was a special evening for us, thanks to all your support.


Seeds of Learning would like to give a big thanks to all the amazing people that made our gardens so beautiful! The children have learned so much over the past few months about making and taking care of gardens, in fact they take care of our gardens every day! This year has been exceptional because of two of our amazing parents. Thank you Christine Funk and Danyelle Leentjes.

In addition, we would like to give thanks to J.R. Ford for donating wood chips and Terry Smith from Terry’s Ace Hardware and the Deitmeyer family for donating plants and apple trees. Thank you Eric Deitmeyer and Christine Funk for spreading the wood chips and Clifton Colwell for building the stunning arch. Finally, thanks to Growing Spaces for donating the grow box to Seeds.


It is with great pleasure that the Pagosa Springs Rotary Club thanks so many people for helping to make the Fourth of July Parade the success that it was.

Along with Rotarians, it takes a village to accomplish the parade. The Chamber of Commerce and The Pagosa Springs SUN did an outstanding job of getting application forms to entries. Our appreciation also goes to Will Speers and KWUF for obtaining the sound equipment and providing public service announcements prior to the parade and coverage during it.

Safety is a major concern. Chief Rockensock and the Town of Pagosa Springs Police Department and the Mounted Rangers did a great job of redirecting traffic and manning crucial spots in and around the parade route. The Town Parks and Rec Department made sure traffic cones were in place, traffic information was given to businesses that would be affected and Port-A-Potties were made available.

It was a pleasure to honor the Irons family as the Grand Marshals for the 2012 parade. Karl, Joanne, Zack and Blake understand the spirit of community and have helped make Pagosa a better place to live. A special thank you goes to George Lyle, owner of the spiffy 1972 Buick Grand Sport, used for the Grand Marshalls.

Our judges, who were visitors at Elk Meadows Campground and RV Park, did an outstanding job and judged with no bias. Lovely gift baskets for those judges were supplied by Brenda Eaves of Rainbow Gifts.

Karl Isberg and Mike Branch once again acted as the best announcers this side of the Rockies.

Day Lumber donated the use of the flatbed for the announcer and judge’s stand. Archuleta School District 50 Joint allowed us to use the high school parking lot as a staging area.

The ever popular pilots of the San Juan Squadron, aka Pagosa Angels, wowed everyone on the ground with the two flyovers they did to start the parade. Please thank Jim Lane, Ray Laird, Michael Arbuthnot, Dave Peart, Mike Entz, Tim Gallagher, Tom Apker and Craig Taylor when you next see them.

Thank you all for helping us celebrate this year’s theme, “Made In America-With Pride.” It’s obvious Pagosa has a lot to be proud of. See you next year.

JoAnn Laird


A big thank you goes out to DSP Pizza for donating pizzas for all who attended the Town Planning Commission’s second Wal-Mart Design Review. There were 40 or so attendees that came hungry for the 5:15 p.m. meeting which ended up lasting until 9:45.

Thank you to the many supporters of the Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership. Our June 30 auction was a success as a result of all the fine donations from individuals and businesses. The value of those donations ran from $30 to $6,000, and we appreciate each one of them. Our success also depended upon the many bidders who went home with some very nice prizes, whether objects or services and we thank them also. The community has made an investment in the GGP and it will pay off to the benefit of the community.

Muriel Eason

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